From a small gift from 12 year-old Antonio that touched all of our hearts to a last minute gift from the John Purcell Family Fund of $50,000 (yes, you read that correctly and we were just as amazed!) that helped us to surpass our original $150,000 goal for our COVID-19 Impact Fund – every gift has propelled our mission forward and touched the thousands of people who we serve. Thank you for answering the call.
You have shown our dedicated staff that you see the impact of their work in our community and know that it must continue. And continue we will! Because of your support, we will be able to serve them and to offer them the chance for a fresh start that they deserve. Because of your support, we will continue to offer hope and healing to our neighbors who are in need.
In 2020, we honor some very special people for their support of CFC’s mission, and being an instrument within the Rochester community of What Hope Looks Like. Our honorees have demonstrated the spirit of hope throughout Rochester, and serve as an inspiration to others through their warm and generous hearts and actions.
The Palumbos Family, will be presented with the Partner in Philanthropy Award for their tireless work and support of the mission and work of Catholic Family Center, and whose generosity has inspired others to support CFC along with them.
Patty Gaffney Lovallo, will be honored with our Spirit of Hope Award, for exemplifying the spirit that inspires hope through her decades of dedication, leadership and generosity, not only to CFC, but to the wider Rochester community.
Patty and her husband, Joe, have been supporting CFC for more than 30 years. Patty served as CFC Board Chair from 2001-2003. She and her siblings played a key role in creating the Gaffney Golf Tournament, in honor of their father Pat Gaffney, the proceeds from which were designated to provide direct support of CFC programs and services. Patty received her undergraduate degree in accounting degree from Bucknell University, and her MBA from Harvard University. Her support of other non-profits in the Rochester community include Bivona Child Advocacy Center, Pittsford Youth Services, and the Harvard Business School Club of Rochester.
“Catholic Family Center is near and dear to my heart. I am inspired by the compassion, experience and dedication of the CFC staff who work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of CFC kids and families. I love the vision and passion for social justice created by [CEOs] Carolyn Portanova and Marlene Bessette, which has led CFC to be a recognized leader in our community.” – Patty Gaffney Lovallo
The Palumbos family has had the Catholic Church woven throughout our lives from their earliest days. Their father's youngest brother was a Catholic priest. Ed, Marty, their younger brothers Bob Kevin all entered St. Andrews Seminary in preparation of following their uncle into service to the church. Father Ed recently retired as pastor of Church of Assumption in Fairport after nearly 50 years of service in numerous parishes in the Diocese of Rochester, and is noted for his leadership of the Marriage Encounter movement as well as his work on CFC's Board of Directors.
“From our earliest years, our family was exposed to community efforts and responsibility to see strangers as “friends we had not as yet met.” Ours was an open house where friends were always welcome. This set the attitude of service and care for others early on.” – Father Ed
Marty and Maureen have been supporting CFC for over 30 years, and are founding members of our Sustaining Saints leadership giving circle. Marty is a past Board Chair for CFC, and served many years on our Board’s Executive Committee. Marty and Maureen continue to inspire the spirit of hope at CFC and at other non-profits, including Keuka College and Saint John Fisher, and have inspired others to join them in making gifts of significant impact in the Rochester community.
Service has been a lifelong commitment of the Palumbos Family. “There is no more deserving organization than one that provides direct service to the poor and most vulnerable in our community while simultaneously advocating for systemic change in the community to address the root causes of poverty.
Ed and I, of course have the most direct connection [with CFC] but for me there is nothing I do that doesn’t have my wife Maureen's support and encouragement. Honoring “the Family” is so appropriate considering “Family” is our middle name at the Catholic Family Center.” – Marty Palumbos
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